Woke up this morning feeling bored with nothing to look forward to and decided I needed to kick-start my engines so contacted a friend for an all-day visit to the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. As soon as I reached Hickory I knew that this was not exactly a good idea. The traffic was like rush hour in New York. It seems everyone and his brother woke up and decided to visit the mountains and view the leaves. Aside from the crowds, though, it was absolutely breathtaking. The leaves from Milepost 295 to Milepost 316 which includes Linville Viaduct, Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls, are definitely at their peak and won't last another week. But they are really awe inspiring now and for the next few days. I was really mesmerized by the Rocky Mountains and the Aspens in "bloom" and they were really nice but the Blue Ridge is just as nice in its own way and much closer to home! The image posted with this blog is at the little lake pulloff right before reaching Julian Price Picnic area. The lake was still, the leaves were sparkling and the reflections were awe inspiring!!